Today, I’ve got the house to myself. My fiancee is off traversing sunny Centre Parcs on her Hen-do, so I’ve a weekend that consists of football, gin and tonic, sitting around in my pants and generally eating things that would raise an eyebrow in her presence. That also means I’ve plenty of time to dedicate to blogging about the Arsenal, so keep your eyes peeled for a relentless flurry of delicious wordy goodness.
So, lets news.
There’s not too much in the way of interesting news today – just the usual tidbits and nuggets floating around in preparation of tomorrow’s game against Watford. That which stands out surrounds the previous year’s controversy and Watford’s Troy Deeney.
You’ll all know the comments, I’m sure. After Watford beat us at Vicarage Road, Deeney decided he’d pop up into the studio of whichever company was covering the game – BT Sport, I think – and he made the following statement about Arsenal:
“I’ve heard Wenger’s already blaming the decision as the reason they lost
I’m not going to be the one to tell Mr Wenger about himself, but there’s a reason they lost and it wasn’t the penalty.
I’ll have to watch what I say. It’s (having) a bit of cojones, a bit of nuts”
Begrudgingly, I’d admit there’s certainly an element of truth to that. But it wasn’t the validity of his claims that annoyed me, it was simply the fact that a no-mark, second-rate footballer felt it was his place to go onto live television and be disrespectful about fellow professionals – the vast majority of whom have accomplished far more in the game than he ever will. Football is game of opinions and everyone is entitled to theirs, but there is a time and a place. Had an Arsenal player done the same after a game and said something derogatory about other players, I’d say the same.
I understand he probably wanted his moment in the spotlight and the chance to feel relevant, but it was a poor decision and a poor reflection upon the man himself as he seemed far more concerned about himself and Arsenal than he did the fact his team had just secured a excellent win. If you’ve seen the interview, you’ll know he rattles on about himself and his “qualities” more than anything else.
I’m hoping he gets firmly put in his place tomorrow.
After the Milan game it’s very important to keep the good momentum going. Arsenal have a wonderful habit of making us fans believe that a new dawn is just around the corner before doing something utterly stupid and maddeningly sh*t-awful. Just when you think the lessons of the past have been learned, we go back to repeating the same mistake. Ad nauseam.
In the San Siro we looked a lot more like the Arsenal we are capable of being. However, there’s always that element of pessimism with me at the moment. I can’t help it. I think Arsenal have gradually programmed it into my conscious mind over numerous years and they’ve turned me into a miserable f*cker. But I’m currently trying to avoid that by remembering that Arsene Wenger has always managed to pull something out of the bag when times have gotten tough.
Last year he did it by winning the FA Cup agains the odds after a season that was extremely disappointing. Our league form has dropped even more so in this campaign. At the tail-end of last season we picked up our performances and went on a superb run in the final 10 games. Hopefully, we can do something along the same lines this time around and get ourselves the Europa League.
I think Asrene’s time at Arsenal is very much dependant on that. Should we win it – and I do mean SHOULD – then there’s a very high chance he’ll be finishing the remaining year of his current contract. If we don’t and we finish well outside the Champions League spots – which looks a certainty at this point – then I have a feeling this season will be his last.
That’s all for today, folks. Leave me a comment below with your thoughts.
I’ll be back tomorrow to preview the game.
Until that time, and as always: thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.
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